James D. Bowman, 95

James Delbert Bowman, 95, of Roann, Indiana, died at 11:35 pm, Saturday, May 16, 2015 at his home.

He was born May 31, 1919, at the Bowman Homestead in Roann, one mile from his current home, to Hubert and Z. Hazel (Smith) Bowman.

Jim was a 1939 graduate of Roann High School.  After graduation he hitchhiked to California with Bob Milam to visit his grandfather.  Upon his return home, he was drafted by the U.S. Army on Nov. 13, 1941.  He spent 4 1/2 years in Ireland, England, Africa, and Italy. 

He married Dorothy Ulrey at the Roann United Methodist Church on Oct. 12, 1945.  In 1962, they built the home, where Dorothy resides today. 

Jim worked more than 30 years for Mobil Oil Company as a distributor.  He is a member of the Roann United Methodist Church, the Wabash American Legion Post 15, and had been a longtime member of the Roann Lions Club.  Jim was still actively caring for his yard, garden, children, grandchildren, and helping at the Roann United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Bowman of Roann; two children, Jocelyn (Charles) Anderson of Darlington, and James Dean (Susan) Bowman of Crawfordsville; son-in-law, Steve Powell of Roann, 12 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Mary Ann Bowman and Joyce Powell, and three brothers.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastors Wayne Balmer, and Rick Stone officiating.  Burial will be in Roann Community Cemetery.  Friends may call 4-8 pm Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Roann United Methodist Church.

The memorial guest book for Jim may be signed at


Posted on 2015 May 19